The Council

The Council

The Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity is a group of leaders committed to improving the representation of cultural diversity within the leadership of Australian organisations.

Formed in December 2016, the Council seeks to make cultural diversity in leadership a reality.

Drawn from business, government, universities and civil society, Council members are advocates for diversity and inclusion.

The establishment of the Leadership Council followed the release of Leading for Change: A blueprint for cultural diversity and inclusive leadership in 2016, which highlighted the under-representation of cultural diversity among senior Australian leaders.

Dr Tim Soutphommasane

Dr Tim Soutphommasane

Chair

Dr Tim Soutphommasane was Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner (August 2013 to August 2018). Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, Tim was a political philosopher and held posts at the University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, national identity and patriotism has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain.

Gavin MacLaren

Gavin MacLaren

Gavin MacLaren is the senior partner and CEO of Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Prior to joining Corrs in July 2018, Gavin spent more than a decade based in Asia. He previously held senior partnership roles at Freshfields and Allens.

Michelle Guthrie

Michelle Guthrie

Michelle Guthrie is Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Before joining the ABC in May 2016, Michelle worked for a range of broadcasting and media organisations in Europe and Asia, including BSkyB, Star TV and Google.

Professor Peter Høj

Professor Peter Høj

Professor Peter Høj is Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Queensland. Prior to joining UQ in 2012, Professor Høj was Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia from June 2007. Before that, he was CEO of the Australian Research Council (2004-2007) and Managing Director of the Australian Wine Research Institute (1997-2004).

Tony Johnson

Tony Johnson

Tony Johnson is CEO and Managing Partner of EY in Oceania. During his career Tony has combined firm leadership roles with client service roles. He has led the Oceania Assurance practice and the Asia Pacific Financial Services business and has also been an active member of a number of Australian, Asia-Pacific and Global executive leadership committees within the firm.

Raynuha Sinnathamby

Raynuha Sinnathamby

Raynuha Sinnathamby is Managing Director of Springfield Land Corporation, having been appointed to the role in February 2013. A solicitor by trade, Raynuha joined Springfield Land Corporation in 1998 as Director Corporate looking after the legal and marketing arms of the organisation.

Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM

Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM

Dr Martin Parkinson is Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. Prior to this, he was a professional Non-Executive Director, serving on numerous boards. From 2011 – 2014, Martin served as Australia’s Treasury Secretary, and before that, as the inaugural Secretary of the Department of Climate Change. In 2017 Martin was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

Luke Sayers

Luke Sayers

Luke Sayers is CEO of PwC Australia and Vice Chairman of PwC Asia. Luke has been a Member of the Australian PwC leadership team since 2004. He was the Tax and Legal Business Leader for four years, the Markets Leader from 2008 and he was appointed National Managing Partner in 2010. Luke commenced as Chief Executive Officer in April 2012.